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What is a 56 Degree Wedge Used For?

There are many instances when a 56 degree wedge comes handy. You can use this wedge to play very fast greens.

Also, because of its high flexibility, this wedge is a good option for high shots with limited working room.

A 56° wedge covers a wide distance and is ideal for short-game play.


Is 56 Degree a Sand Wedge?

Yes, a 56-degree wedge is referred to as sand wedge. This is because the 56 degree loft degree falls within the range specified for a sand wedge (54-58 degrees).


What is the Average Distance for a 56 Degree Wedge?

The average distance covered when using a 56 degree wedge is 75 yards (71 metres). This distance is almost the same as you will get from a sand wedge (80 yards).

The distance reached when using 56 degree wedge will of course differ based on who is hitting the ball.

  • Male golfers on average will hit a 56 degree wedge at 78 yards (71.32 metres).

  • Female golfers on average will hit a 56 degree wedge 60 yards (54.864 metres).

Read more about Golf Club Distances


Types of Wedges

A wedge is an indispensable accessory for any avid golfer because it can be used to play at least a quarter of the shots in a game.

While wedges can help you in saving pars or creating birdies, they can be troublesome if you do not use the appropriate wedge for your shot.

When you buy a wedge set, the loft gap between each club should ideally not be more than four degrees. Based on the degree of the loft, there are primarily four types of wedges.


Pitching Wedge

A pitching wedge features a loft ranging between 44 and 48 degrees. This wedge is best suited for long chip shots and hitting full shots into greens.


Gap Wedge

On the other hand, a gap wedge has a loft of 50 to 53 degrees. It is best suited for fuller shots and help to lessen the gap. This renders extra variety for pitches with long chips and without full swings near the greens. This wedge is also called utility wedge or attack wedge.


Sand Wedge

A sand wedge has a loft between 54-58 degrees. The sole of this wedge has a wide and heavy design. This helps your shots stay away from bunkers that are close to the green.


Lob Wedge

A lob wedge has a loft ranging from 60-64 degrees. You should use your lob wedge to place high shots on to the green carefully. I recommended you use this wedge to chip your ball away from a bunker.


How Much Bounce on a 56 Degree Wedge

A 56 degree wedge has a bounce ranging between 11° and 14°.

The bounce of a wedge refers to the area of the golf club that hits the turf when you swing the club. Based on the bounce, wedges are classified as low bounce, mid or standard bounce, and high bounce wedges.

While low and high bounce wedges are suited for playing in specific conditions, standard bounce wedges can be used to play in any condition.


What is the Best Bounce for a 56 Degree Wedge

The best bounce for a 56 degree wedge depends on two factors.

  1. Golf course conditions
  2. Type of swing.

If you’re planning on chips, delicate, and partial shots, then a 11° bounce is likely to work best for your 56 degree wedge.

On the other hand, if you are aiming at chipping without pitching around the greens on a soggy course, then you will be able to perform better with a wedge that has 14° bounce. However, the standard bounce for a 56 degree wedge is 12°.


Standard Length of a 56 Degree Wedge

The average length of  56 degree wedge golf club is 35.25 inches (89.54 cm). This is about the same length as a sand wedge.

Women’s wedges are designed to be an inch shorter than men’s wedges.

Men’s steel 56 degree wedge has a length of 35.25 inches (89.54cm), while a graphite wedge is sized at 35.75 inches (90.81cm).

Women’s steel and graphite 56 degree wedges have lengths of 34.25 inches (87cm) and 34.75 inches (88.27cm), respectively.

As for the shaft, a 56 degree wedge usually has the same length as the shaft of a sand wedge. This is approximately 33 to 37 inches depending on which type of material is used to construct the club.


When to Use a 56 Degree Golf Club

  1. Shots inside or just outside of the bunker
  2. To produce higher chip shots on to the green
  3. Short sided courses
  4. Rough courses with a small amount of green
  5. On a soft or muddy surface

The best time to use a 56 degree wedge is when you’re located 60 to 75 yards from the green. From this distance, this type of wedge allows me to chip the ball high enough without overshooting the green.


How to Use a 56 Degree Wedge

  1. If your golf ball is in the sand with a good lie in a green side bunker, you can use your 56° wedge the same way you would for a usual bunker shot.

  2. Position yourself in the sand a few inches behind the ball.

  3. Place the bounce side under the ball and lift it in the air.

  4. If the rough has a poor lie and you are near the greens, move the club backward as much as you can and do a full swing so that it cuts through the grass.

  5. Make sure to do a complete rotation throughout the shot to avoid digging and getting the club stuck in the grass.

  6. If the ball is on the short grass, you must position yourself so that your hands are ahead of the clubhead. This makes it easy to hit the ball with a normal swing.


How to Chip with a 56 Degree Wedge

Chip shots are played from very close to the greens. This helps keep your ball away from the putting surface by just a few yards. The ball goes up for a little distance and then hits the ground followed by rolling towards the hole.

The following tips can help you to deliver a good chip with your 56 degree wedge if you’re a right-handed golfer.

  1. Place the golf ball in the center between your legs.

  2. Position yourself so that your body is leaning forward slightly, and the left shoulder is above the left foot.

  3. Hold the wedge with your right hand, making sure that the right arm is straight and the shoulder feels high.

  4. Position your left hand behind the right hand on the wedge and ensure that both your shoulders are at the same level. Your whole body will be very slightly inclined to the left.


52 Vs 56 Degree Wedge

Although there is just a four degrees difference between a 52 degree wedge and a 56 degree wedge, each wedge has its distinct characteristics.

A 52° wedge is a good option for the chip or pitch shots around the green and short approach shots.

On the other hand, a 56° wedge works well for high shots and sand shots. This wedge is also helpful if you’re short-sided or have very little green for playing.

If you are not particular about bounce and prefer to have a full swing, you can opt for a low 8° bounce angle 52 degree wedge.

However, if you want more bounce, then you might want to play with a 56 degree wedge as it has a maximum bounce angle of 14°.


56 Vs 58 Degree Wedge

If you have a 56 degree wedge and a 58 degree wedge with the same offset, sole width, and bounce, then they should ideally render almost the same performance for green-side chipping.

However, you may have to hit a little harder with the 58 degree wedge so that the ball covers the same distance.

For a full swing, the difference in the distance covered between a 56 and a 58 degree wedge is approximately seven yards.

If both your wedges have the same bounce angle, the 56 degree wedge helps in extracting balls out of the bunkers more easily.

The 58 degree wedge is a good option for wet bunkers and if you have less ground to work with.


56 Vs 60 Degree Wedge

Your golf ball can strike a bigger average distance with a 56 degree wedge than its 60 degree counterpart. This distance depends on your ball position and clubhead speed in the golf stance.

Typically, with a 56 degree wedge, the average distance travelled by a golf ball is anywhere between 80 to 95 yards.

When you use the same ball with a 60° wedge, the average distance is about 50 to 75 yards.


The Best 56 Degree Wedges

There are several brands of 56 degree wedges with interesting features to look at and decide what will work best for you. I will help you with a few details of three really good wedges to get started with.


1) Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Wedge

This 56 degree wedge has a shaft made of true temper dynamic gold steel.

The wedge offers three types of bounce, namely, 10° S Grind, 14° F Grind and 8° M Grind for different kinds of shots.

You can spin like a pro because of the spin-milled groove cutting process and achieve excellent distance control and trajectory.


2) Callaway Sure Out Wedge

The right-handed wedge features a standard bounce and a shaft designed using KBS Tour Wedge Steel.

The high bounce sole, enhanced camber, and 17 full-face grooves help in shot-stopping and increasing the face-to-ball contact. It is an excellent choice for players of all levels.


3) Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge

The Hydropearl chrome-colored wedge features an AWG 2.0 Wedge Steel shaft and a standard sole bounce for moderate divots and attack angles.

The Ping Glied also has a 24° sidewall, tight radius and two additional grooves for better spin and ball compression.


Best 56 Degree Wedge for Beginners

The best 56 degree wedge that is intended for beginners is the Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge. This wedge is easy to use and worth buying for overall performance.


Highlights of Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge Wedge are:

  • Simple design with a sturdy steel shaft that makes it easy to use.
  • Innovative sole design for more playing options around the green.
  • Special sole grind to open clubface for better performance.
  • Available in two finish options.


Best 56 Degree Wedge for High Handicappers

Many 56° wedges are intended to cater to high handicappers. I have found the Cleveland Men’s CBX Wedge to be one of the better choices available.

Noteworthy features of the Cleveland CBX Wedge are:

  • Cavity back design for more weight distribution towards the perimeter.

  • Wide dual V-sole for excellent turf interaction and maximum forgiveness.

  • Two shaft choices of lightweight Rotex graphite shaft and true temper dynamic gold 115 steel.

  • Angled micro-milling pattern for spin optimization when an open clubface is used to play the shots.


Can Left-Handed Golfers Use a 56 Degree Wedge?

If you’re a left-handed golfer, you can use a 56 degree wedge just as easily as your right-handed golf peers.  

I will give you a list of some great left-handed wedges that you can buy.


Ray Cook M1 Wedge

This M1 wedge combines style with performance. It comes

with a select groove pattern and a non-glare black nickel-chrome finish. With a computer-milled face, you can be confident of achieving maximum spin.

Furthermore, the flex steel shaft helps you achieve excellent distance control and a penetrating ball flight. The 56-degree wedge renders a 12° bounce.


Mizuno LH S18 Wedge

The S18 wedge is made of 1025 Boron carbon steel for

maximum strength. The wedge offers a 10° bounce. It features a patented forging process to ensure that the continuous and long grains render a reliable, consistent, and soft feel.

The face milling lines help you to achieve better spin near the greens with their increased surface roughness. The white satin finish gives the wedge a classy look.

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